Helga Hiott Entertains the P.E.P. Club

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Submitted by Norma Weeks

Long-time member Helga Hiott entertained the P.E.P. club at the June meeting. Helga lived in Colleton County for years but now lives in Florida. She meets with the P.E.P. Club when she visits her daughter in Beaufort. Throughout the year she sends items to be given as gifts in the door prize drawings.

Her program was about her life starting in 1942 in Germany, where she was born, during World War II. Her family was not Jewish so her dad was in the Russian army there. After a couple of months, he was killed. Helga’s mother made money as a seamstress and Helga made money playing an accordion her father had given her. Almost every day they had to go to shelters because of air raids. Helga was a small child and very afraid of the America soldier as she thought they were going to kill her. Helga bad been taught English as a very young child, so when the soldiers came she understood what they were saying. One of them offered her a piece of chewing gun and she took it and ate it like a piece of candy. The food was rationed out so Helga’s mother made a lot of soup to make things go farther. Life was very hard for them.

Many years later Helga married an American and moved to the United States.

The P.E.P. club is a senior club for anyone 50 and over. It meets the last Tuesday of the month at the Recreation Center in the Industrial Area at 12:00. Lunch is served, a program presented, drawings for free door prizes, and Bingo played. Your first visit is free, and if you join membership dues are only $5.00 per year. For information call dub president Norma Weeks at 843-538-8950.

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